Trevor Siemian on struggles: ‘I’ve got to play better’

Denver’s 42-point explosion against the Cowboys in Week 2 is a performance that now feels ancient and from another time entirely.

The Broncos sport the NFL’s worst scoring offense since Week 3, with a ground game that has fallen apart and a quarterback in Trevor Siemian whose passer rating is third-worst in the league above just DeShone Kizer and Joe Flacco.

Coach Vance Joseph emphatically defended his quarterback this week, saying “it’s not a Trevor problem, it’s a unit problem,” but Siemian on Wednesday put the weight on himself after Sunday’s 21-0 loss to the Chargers.

But imagine putting on the masks of all 32 NFL general managers at once. Knowing each team’s strengths, weaknesses and true place in the standings, being able to move anybody anywhere with even the slightest sense of reason … What would you do?

72.0 percent. Just two weeks ago, Minnesota’s chances of winning the division were down to 21 percent. With Aaron Rodgers out, the Vikings are the favorite to win the NFC North now. Five of their next six games are on the road, though, so they’ll need to improve on their 11-15 away record under coach Mike Zimmer to keep those chances high.

16.6 percent. The Texans have scored at least 33 points in four straight games, but they are just 2-2 in those contests. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has brought excitement Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap to the offense, but the defensive struggles are bringing down Houston’s chances at a division title.

And if you think it’s all been accomplished against FCS competition, you’d mostly be right. But consider what he did in the 2016 season opener at TCU: 5 catches for 96 yards and a Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China touchdown.

Injuries: Aaron Rodgers has ’13 screws’ in collarbone

Aaron Rodgers has traded in shoulder pads for shoulder slings since breaking his collarbone a few weeks back.

The Packers quarterback will make his first public appearance Thursday night in a pre-taped segment on Conan, the TBS late-night talk show, since undergoing surgery on his (likely) season-ending injury.

By doing that, Fowler would take one step closer toward achieving one of his new goals: being regarded as a role model himself.

“I’m able to give some of the rookies advice when they first come in the league and go through stuff because I’ve been there,” he said. “It’s a great feeling and I want to keep it going.”

It sure beats going in the direction Fowler was headed.

A more telling sign of Pryor’s growing irrelevance in the Redskins offense: Pryor was on the field for only 30 offensive snaps (47 percent), narrowly edging out Ryan Grant and falling way behind second-year wideout Josh Doctson.

Potential return? Week 12 is a best-case scenario, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians recently told co-host Bill Polian and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Impact: Johnson’s injury wasn’t just devastating for those who play him in fantasy football. Johnson tied an NFL record last season with 15 consecutive games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage and was set to carry the offensive load for the Cardinals once again. Arizona’s failure to replace him prompted a trade with New Orleans for Adrian Peterson earlier this month. But while Peterson is a future Pro Football Hall of Fame selection, he no longer possesses the same elusiveness as USA Cheap Jerseys Johnson nor the receiving Texans Cheap Jerseys skills that made the latter so dangerous.

Atlanta will be facing an uphill battle.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy: “That game, they primarily played Cover 2, so he’s making big plays in the back half of the field. He was a Hall of Fame-caliber player. Especially in a game like that with the weather, you know you can’t let the ball hang in the air that long. That was evident that day.”

It has been almost four weeks since quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) saw his last game action, and the Vikings are still classifying him as day-to-day. He hasn’t practiced since Sept. 21, but the hope is that he’ll be able to return to practice this week; if that goes well, he could play against the Bears. With Dalvin Cook out for the season with an ACL tear, the Vikings are thin at running back and worked out several on Wednesday as possible additions. In the meantime, Latavius Murray, who had ankle surgery in the offseason, is expected to pick up a bulk of Cook’s workload. Running back Jerick McKinnon also left last week’s loss with an undisclosed ankle injury in the fourth quarter, but since Minnesota hasn’t practiced yet this week with its adjusted schedule for Monday Night Football, there has been no injury report to update his status. — Courtney Cronin

Injuries have been an issue in Green Bay, but the pass rush has churned no matter who has been in it. The Packers have generated pressure at the fourth-highest rate this season — on 31 percent Cheap Jerseys Outlets of dropbacks — even with injuries to Mike Daniels, Ahmad Brooks and Nick Perry.

The defense forced two takeaways against Aaron Rodgers but failed to force any against Mike Glennon, Matthew Stafford or Tyrod Taylor. The offense has committed six turnovers the past two Cheap Jerseys Rugby games, so if the defense can’t force any themselves, Atlanta will be facing an uphill battle.

This is real life and this is their real job and that’s affecting their well-being.

“What a heck of a game,” said Andy Reid, head coach of the league’s only 4-0 team. “A tribute to the National Football League and what they’re trying to do with giving each city an opportunity to be successful.”

Parity can be a beautiful thing, especially in the smaller markets. Everyone in the NFL has an equal-opportunity shot at winning a Super Bowl, so you can imagine what it would mean to Reid, who has been a head coach for 19 years, and to Smith, who has won only two postseason games as a former No. 1 overall pick, to finally win one. And to finally win one together.

But Smith is not Tom Brady, nor is he Aaron Rodgers — the otherworldly franchise maker who was picked 23 spots after Smith in the 2005 NFL draft. Smith needs a special player by his side, someone who can carry the Chiefs when he can’t manage the load. The good news is it appears he has found that special teammate in rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who hasn’t slowed down since his record-breaking performance against the defending champion New England Patriots on opening night in Foxborough. As the late, great coach Hank Stram might’ve said, Hunt knows how to matriculate the ball down the field.

Now, your fantasy team may not win, and hey, guess what, you’ll live the next day. This is their well-being. They may not ever get another shot. They may never get another down, another play.”

Jackson worked in a rehab pool with Carr on Wednesday, and Edwards has had an issue with injuries in his brief career. Some good news? Receiver Michael Crabtree returned to Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees practice after Cheap Jerseys NBA Jerseys missing last week’s loss at Denver with a chest injury. — Paul Gutierrez

There has been too much focus on their overblown offensive line woes and almost non-existent running.

As coach Ben McAdoo has put the offense completely in the hands (and legs) of Eli Manning, the results have been there the past two games. But what happened to the dominant run defense, daunting pass rush and downfield coverage from last season? Sure, there have been some injuries, but there’s enough of the talent that did the job last season not to fall apart in every capacity.

The Cowboys, Lions, Eagles and Buccaneers pretty much did whatever they wanted against Big Blue’s blown assignments. That’s why the Giants are in last place in the NFC East with no hope of an Eli Hail Mary to dig out of it.

“To the reporters, to the journalists, to the moms — super moms — to the daughters, the sisters and the women all around the world, I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness of your heart to forgive me. Thank you.”

The Panthers issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying Newton and Rodrigue spoke and that Newton showed “regret” for his comment.

Rodrigue tweeted that the situation got “worse” when she confronted Newton after his news conference and later said there was no apology. She later told the Observer that Newton didn’t know her name even though she had been on the beat for about a year.

Also on Thursday, Rodrigue tweeted an apology for what she termed “offensive tweets” posted on her account four to five years ago. Her paper, the Charlotte Observer, later elaborated Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys the tweets were from 2012 and 2013 when Rodrigue was in college. In the tweets, she made light of Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys others’ racist remarks and retweeted a racial epithet.

NFL report cards: Cowboys, Patriots not yet failing, but close

Here’s hoping the 1972 Miami Dolphins already have that champagne on ice.

Members of that squad usually have to sweat until at least November before the final undefeated team loses to guarantee Miami remains the only team to have ever completed an undefeated season from start to finish. Only one team this season, Kansas City (4-0), can still challenge that mark.

Mediocrity rather than perfection is the big on-field story through the first four weeks of the 2017 NFL season. There are 13 teams at 2-2. In comparison, there were five .500 teams at this time last season.

Joe Flacco and EJ Manuel is the QB matchup nobody wanted to see this season, so here it is. The Black Hole is a tough trip for the falling black birds. Khalil Mack makes up for Derek Carr’s absence as Oakland’s defense out-slugs that of Baltimore in an ugly game.

Mitchell Trubisky draws his first career start against a tough Vikings defense, and Minnesota might very well get Sam Bradford back. Chicago will still lean heavily on its young backs, while Bradford, without Dalvin Cook, will help open things up again to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. More aggressive trumps more conservative on MNF.

How about we try this: An exceptionally strong offense plus a weak Cheap Gaa Jerseys defense equals … the second-best team in football. New England’s league-best offense, by FPI’s Cheap High Quality Jerseys standards, is 8.6 points above average per game, and 3.4 points better than that of the New Orleans Saints, the second-best offense. That makes up for the defensive issues and then some.

The Patriots will be just fine. No, much better than fine.

Patriots no longer consensus Super Bowl betting favorites

After a second jarring upset loss at home, the New England Patriots are no longer the consensus favorites to win the Super Bowl at Nevada sportsbooks.

“They did what they were trained to do,” Lombardo said, via Las Vegas Review-Journal, during a Friday news conference.

The Las Vegas Police Department showed a video during the press conference and specifically pointed out it wasn’t a race-related attack as many patrons in the area were also black, like Bennett. Lombardo took reporters through a step-by-step explanation of the video showing Bennett’s movements and why police reacted to him.

Bennett was shown running behind the slot machines in a crouched down position and then he started to run for the exit. Officers chased after Bennett as he jumped over a railing.

Jay Cutler was intercepted in the red zone by Ken Crawley on a pass intended for tight end Julius Thomas, a play which set the tone for a largely uneventful first half that finally saw the deadlock broken by a 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the half. Saints kicker Wil Lutz earlier missed a 41-yard attempt.

Lewis said Tuesday his decision to kneel on both knees was to “simply honor God in the midst of chaos.” He was criticized for the anthem demonstration by both Kaepernick supporters and those who believe Lewis and the Ravens were disrespecting the flag.

The latter launched a petition Sunday to remove Lewis’ statue Cheap Chelsea Jerseys from M&T Bank Stadium, saying Cheap Bike Jerseys on Change.org that kneeling during the anthem is “disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting.”

The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked

Hunt could be the running back who makes it happen. He has a league-best 502 rushing yards; Todd Gurley, No. 2 on the list, has 362. Hunt strongly suggested he belonged in the same class with the big-name backs drafted ahead of him — namely Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — after he fumbled away his very first professional carry against the Patriots. Hunt hadn’t lost a fumble over four years and 782 carries at Toledo, and yet he recovered against the Patriots to finish with three touchdowns and 246 yards from scrimmage, a record for an NFL debut.

The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked, but they weren’t surprised. Matt Duffy, his high school coach at Ohio’s Willoughby South, told ESPN.com on Monday that one major college recruiter who passed on Hunt once asked Duffy, “Where do you think he can play?” Duffy answered that question this way:

9:30 p.m. — Touchdown, Buccaneers. Doug Martin 1 yard for the TD with 8:26 left before the half. Officials earlier gave Martin an 11-yard touchdown run before replay review overturned the call and determined his knee was down at the 1. Martin has seven carries for 55 yards and a touchdown so far.

9:03 p.m. — Field goal, New England. DionLewis gets free for a 31-yard rush, the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China longest run of his career. The Patriots take advantage of the run and Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys put the first points on the board with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.

8:30 p.m. — Those in Raymond James Stadium observe a moment of silence and shine their cell phone lights out of respect for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Odell Beckham Jr. exits loss to Bucs with ankle, dislocated finger injuries

It’s been a painful start to the season for the winless Giants and Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants receiver, who missed Week 1 because of an injured right ankle, was again hurt during a 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers Sunday.

In the second quarter of the rainy road loss, Beckham appeared to dislocate a finger before having it popped into place on the sideline.

Beckham was able to return to the game only to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. It was the second time on the touchdown-scoring drive with just over five minutes remaining that Beckham hobbled off the field. He was able to return a few plays later but was flagged in the endzone of a two-point attempt for illegal touching.

Tampa Bay followed the penalty with a nine-play, 59-yard drive to set up a game-winning 34-yard field goal from Nick Folk.

Last December, it ended up being as bad as it looked — the diagnosis and the consequences for the Raiders. Their Super Bowl hopes were left in the hands of Connor Cook. It ended the way it was Cheap Jerseys China Vip expected to.

On Sunday, it was still up in the air whether Carr was just suffering from “back spasms” that would clear up soon, as coach Jack Del Rio said afterward. There’s a chance that in 24 Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Code hours it will be chalked up as a minor scare … unless it’s not.

The Blitz Read: Weird NFL season continues with unpredictable Week 4

What has so far been a wild NFL season continued Sunday.

10:46 p.m — Bucs defensive lineman Gerald McCoy is briefly down; now he’s on the sideline putting his helmet back on and looking ready to go back in.

10:40 p.m. — Amendola’s catch is taken away because of another Pats penalty. Amendola is called for offensive pass interference. The Pats are called for an illegal shift later in the drive. It is their sixth offensive penalty of the night.

10:35 p.m — Winston’s pass intended for Brate is denied by Chung, bringing up another fourth down for the Bucs.

10:27 p.m. — Field goal, Patriots. After 12 straight complete passes, Brady’s streak ends with an incomplete pass to Amendola. New England gets a first down on penalty for illegal Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping contact. After two more incompletions, the Patriots are forced to attempt another field goal. Gostkowski makes a 45-yarder to put the Pats up by nine points.

10 p.m. — Halftime: Patriots lead 13-7. Brady is 18 for 22 with 169 yards and one touchdown. Winston has completed 8 of 16 for 71 yards.

11:36 p.m. — Winston starts the final drive with a 24-yard pass to Jackson deep down the middle. He completes a 20-yarder to Humphries, who is pushed out of bounds at the New England 36. The Bucs have time for one last play and they need to go for the touchdown. The last pass, for Howard, is Cheap Jerseys Hockey defended by Jones and that’s it. The Patriots survive and win.